Benefits of Cannabis: Does Weed Help With Pain?

How to use CBD oil for pain.

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WHY ARE WOMEN PRESCRIBED PILLS FOR PAIN?

Women are not believed when they come in with complaints of pain. If a woman appears stoic and she’s not showing her pain, she’s not believed and if she comes in and she shows her pain, then again, she’s overly emotional or exaggerating her pain. Studies also show that when women complain of pain, they’re more likely to receive sedatives. So there’s emotional bias that women are overreacting to their pain and they just need to be quieted or sedated for their anxiety and not actually treat the pain that they’re complaining of. – Dr Keisha Ray, PhD

Access to legal weed resulted in a nearly 20 percent drop in the number of written opioids prescriptions compared to states without legal access. In May 2020, a first-of-its-kind study out of Columbia University cross-examined opioids prescription rates by orthopedic surgeons with the availability of medical marijuana. 

Opioid prescriptions show greater harm occurring among women and girls. Chief among these are overdose deaths from prescription painkillers. Between 1990 and 2010, these deaths increased among men by 265 percent, while the number grew by 400 percent among women, according to the CDC.

A 2018 CDC report found that 22 percent of U.S. women – about 28 million – suffer from chronic pain, which is defined by Cleveland Clinic as constant pain lasting more than six months

BENEFITS OF CANNABIS: USING WEED FOR MUSCLE & JOINT PAIN

CBD works on chronic inflammation & THC works to relieve acute pain.

Harvard Medical School helps us understand the two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. 

Acute inflammation: We all know this one: the swelling of a twisted ankle, a bruise from a bad bang or fighting a bad cold. Acute inflammation is related to infection, illness or injury. 

Chronic inflammation: Our bodies react like the problem is acute, but it lasts…and lasts. And sometimes your body begins to attack the healthy tissue and organs. 

Inflammation plays an important role in your immune system, and one of the benefits of cannabis is that it treats inflammation naturally without prescription-level side effects and brings your body back to balance. All our bodies have an endocannabinoid system, and its main function is to maintain biological harmony in response to changes in our environment. It’s the reason why CBD and other compounds in cannabis can be so effective.

BENEFITS OF CANNABIS: USING CBD FOR INFLAMMATION

Cannabis has 20x the anti-inflammatory power of aspirin, with minimal side effects. Extensive use of aspirin can lead to gastrointestinal side effects like ulcerations, upset stomach and cramping. Now imagine you are a mom with chronic pain. Seems worth a try, right?

BENEFITS OF CANNABIS: USING CBD FOR BACK PAIN

Back pain is one of the more painful and debilitating types of pain, and every day more people are turning to cannabis medicine for help. Musculoskeletal pain is pain that affects the muscles, ligaments & tendons, and bones. This includes back pain, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. The most common type of back pain is caused by muscle or ligament strain. Most musculoskeletal pain is due to inflammation in the body, and as you’ve learned that one of the benefits of cannabis is that it fights pain in two ways: CBD fights inflammation and THC relieves pain by disrupting the pain signal to your brain. 

BENEFITS OF CANNABIS: USING CBD FOR SCIATICA

Often called topicals, using cannabis creams, lotions, ointments and balms can be used to treat pain caused by inflammation in the joints, particularly the hands and knees and lower back. Suffers of arthritis and tendinitis turn to topicals for pain relief. Topicals are a trusted way to use CBD for sciatica.

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Aging with pain:15 PERCENT of the US population is 65+ and they are prescribed more than a third of all prescription drugs in America. The drugs are often used to treat pain with 20 percent of seniors prescribed at least one pain med.

BENEFITS OF CANNABIS: HOW DOES CANNABIS WORK FOR PAIN?

THC oil vs. CBD oil for pain: who wins? 

A 2019 Gallup poll shows one in seven Americans say they personally use cannabidiol or CBD based products.The updated policies in sports leagues reflects what, to date, has been mostly anecdotal evidence showing that some of the best cannabis medicine has both CBD and THC. One major reason you’re seeing CBD products everywhere is that a federal law passed in 2018 legalize the hemp form of cannabis. Cannabis with THC is legal for adult use in 11 states + Washington D.C. and legal for medical use in 33 states. In the simplest possible terms, CBD reduces inflammation at its source in the body, then THC comes in to tell the brain, it’s okay, let’s not process that pain signal, with the same pulsing intensity. High THC is for that acute, short-term pain management whereas CBD addresses reducing long-term inflammation.

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Hold the oil from the tincture vial under your tongue for 30 to 60 seconds. Allow it to be absorbed by the cells in your mouth versus swallowing it, which will delay the onset. If there is THC in the tincture, you can expect to feel something probably within 15-30 minutes.

HOW IS CBD OIL USED?

Cannabis oil tinctures are sort of like Fisher-Price, “My first experience with cannabis” – very user friendly. Often cannabis extract is blended with MCT oil, which is coconut oil. Yes –  it may smell or taste a little bit planty, but that’s how you know the ingredients are pure.  CBD oil tinctures are not intoxicating so you won’t feel high…you may experience a sense of evenness, wellbeing and relaxation, not just from your mind’s perspective, but your body will be more chill as well.

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Try topicals for arthritis with a 3:1, CBD:THC ratio. Because this formulation includes THC, it does address pain, but the main focus is inflammation. 

If you have nice bathtub, I just can’t recommend a CBD or a cannabis bath enough. You can get everything from menstrual cramps to lower back pain to, if you’re at a computer all day, neck pain and wrist pain and just soak and get comfortable. – Sophie Saint Thomas, featured guest on The Pleasure Episode

ARE PRO ATHLETES TAKING CBD FOR PAIN?

Michelle Waterson, a guest on How to Do the Pot’s CBD & Pain Episode, is a professional fighter in the UFC. She holds a black belt in American freestyle karate and is also trained in Wushu, Muay Thai, Brazilian jujitsu, boxing and wrestling. She knows her body and when she trains, she definitely trains hard.

The UFC is conducting research on how CBD products help athletes recover.  The same month Major League Baseball faced the overdose death of 27-year-old pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the result of opioids. MLB has since announced cannabis was removed from its banned substances list. In 2020, the NFL followed suit. Both leagues cited the same underlying motivation: to reflect a treatment-based approach in place of punishment. 

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